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An Embodied Carbon Toolkit for Interior Designers

Metropolis has put together a slew of resources to limit the emissions from continual interior design changes.

“By 2050, the interior design industry will have influence over almost one-tenth of the world’s carbon emissions.” That’s according to Metropolis magazine, which recently released a toolkit for interior designers on avoiding embodied carbon emissions.

We tend to think of embodied carbon—the emissions associated with building materials—as a problem primarily with structural and envelope products. But because interiors are renovated over and over during the lifetime of a building, their share of embodied carbon in the long term may be much higher than previously believed. That fact creates a lot of pressure that interior designers may not have felt before. The Metropolis toolkit is for them.

Created in collaboration with manufacturers, designers, and construction professionals, the toolkit offers resources for finding carbon hotspots, talking to team members and clients, designing for deconstruction, choosing beautiful materials, tracking carbon, and many more strategies for success.

“Interior designers have a special opportunity to continuously improve outcomes for both people and the planet,” says the magazine.

More on embodied carbon

The Urgency of Embodied Carbon and What You Can Do about It

A Growing Embodied Carbon Library

Net-Zero Embodied Carbon by 2050?

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Published October 4, 2021

Melton, P. (2021, September 20). An Embodied Carbon Toolkit for Interior Designers. Retrieved from

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